Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Not quite so fast...

...before turning the tables on people calling you "dumb".

Jessica Alba recently ranted against Bill O'Reilly, who made fun of her for her suggestion to "be neutral, like Sweden", saying that the predominant neutral country in Europe is Switzerland, not Sweden. She then calls O'Reilly stupid, saying that Sweden was a non-aligned country during World War II.

If we were in the 1940s, we'd have a fair argument here. But we aren't. Sweden is a full member of the European Union, and has entertained the thought of joining the Euro. Sounds really neutral to me.

O'Reilly might be a pompous blowhard with scattershot accuracy, but his calling out Alba in this case, much to her chagrin, is correct (insomuch as she didn't say "like Sweden in the 1940s"). Had she gone one country to the West, and said "like Norway", then maybe.

But she didn't.

Needless to say, geopolitics isn't particularly the realm of the Hollywood glitterati, nor do I expect it ever will be. After all, they're not paid to be intelligent.

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